The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is headed by the Australian Information Commissioner.
Prof John McMillan AO is the inaugural Australian Information Commissioner. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner is responsible for freedom of
information, privacy protection and advice to government on information management policy.
John was formerly the Commonwealth Ombudsman (2003–2010); and the inaugural Integrity Commissioner (Acting) for the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (2007). John is a member of the Administrative Review Council, which advises the Government on administrative law reform; and he chairs the Information Advisory Committee and the Privacy Advisory Committee.
John is an Emeritus Professor of the Australian National University; a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia; a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law; and former President of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law. He is co-author of a leading student text, Control of Government Action (3rd ed). In the 1970s, John was a founding member of the Freedom of Information Campaign Committee, which led the public campaign for enactment of the Freedom of Information Act 1982.
Mr Timothy Pilgrim was appointed as Acting Australian Information Commissioner from 20 July 2015. Prior to this, Timothy was Australian Privacy Commissioner (2010-2015) and Deputy Privacy Commissioner (1998-2010). Before joining the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, Timothy held senior management positions in a range of Australian Government agencies, including the Small Business Program within the Australian Taxation Office and the Child Support Agency.
Timothy has made a significant contribution to the field of privacy in Australia. His achievements include involvement in developing the private sector provisions of the Privacy Act 1988, which included widespread consultation with community, business and government organisations. He also played a key role in implementing the private sector provisions, which took effect on 21 December 2001. More recently, Timothy has led the implementation of the 2014 reforms to the Privacy Act, the most significant reforms to the Act since its commencement. In doing so he worked closely with businesses, consumer groups and Australian Government agencies to build awareness of privacy rights and obligations, and ensure compliance with the new requirements.